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Milton/Edgewood Outdoor Summer Book Club

Milton Community Park

2022-08-18 13:00:00 2022-08-18 14:00:00 America/Los_Angeles Milton/Edgewood Outdoor Summer Book Club Read and discuss a different book. ***NOTE: August 18 event is virtual due to heat. September 15 is back at Milton Community Park. Books available at Milton/Edgewood Pierce County Library Help Desk. Milton Community Park -

Thursday, August 18
1:00pm - 2:00pm

Add to Calendar 2022-08-18 13:00:00 2022-08-18 14:00:00 America/Los_Angeles Milton/Edgewood Outdoor Summer Book Club Read and discuss a different book. ***NOTE: August 18 event is virtual due to heat. September 15 is back at Milton Community Park. Books available at Milton/Edgewood Pierce County Library Help Desk. Milton Community Park -

Read and discuss a different book. ***NOTE: August 18 event is virtual due to heat. September 15 is back at Milton Community Park. Books available at Milton/Edgewood Pierce County Library Help Desk.

Event Location:
August 18: **virtual meeting by Zoom, due to predicted high heat. Call Milton-Edgewood Library, 253-548-3325 for more information and to get the meeting link.

September 15: event will be held at Milton Community Park (Triangle Park): 1200 Oak St., Milton

Series Schedule:

August 18

How to Be an Animal: a New History of What it Means to Be Human, by Melanie Challenger

"Our troubled relationship with being an animal-and why we need a better one." Humans are the most inquisitive, emotional, imaginative, aggressive animals on the planet. And we also happen to be the only animal that doesn't like to think it's an animal. So how well do we really know ourselves? 'How to Be Animal' argues that at the heart of our existence is a profound struggle with being animal. We possess a psychology that seeks separation between humanity and the rest of nature, and we have invented grand ideaologies to magnify this. As well as piecing together the mystery of how this mindset evolved, Melanie Challenger examines the wide-reaching ways in which it affects our lives. We travel from the origin of Homo sapiens through the agrarian and industrial revolutions, the age of the internet, and on to the futures of AI and human-machine interface. Blending nature writing, history, and moral philosophy, How to be Animal is both a fascinating reappraisal of what it means to be human and a robust defense of all that is rich and rewarding about being an animal


September 15

The Invention of Wings, by Sue Monk Kidd

Inspired by the true story of early-nineteenth-century abolitionist and suffragist Sarah Grimké, Kidd paints a moving portrait of two women inextricably linked by the horrors of slavery. Sarah, daughter of a wealthy South Carolina plantation owner, exhibits an independent spirit and strong belief in the equality of all. Thwarted from her dreams of becoming a lawyer, she struggles throughout life to find an outlet for her convictions. Handful, a slave in the Grimké household, displays a sharp intellect and brave, rebellious disposition. She maintains a compliant exterior, while planning for a brighter future. Told in first person, the chapters alternate between the two main characters’ perspectives, as we follow their unlikely friendship (characterized by both respect and resentment) from childhood to middle age. While their pain and struggle cannot be equated, both women strive to be set free—Sarah from the bonds of patriarchy and Southern bigotry, and Handful from the inhuman bonds of slavery. Kidd is a master storyteller, and, with smooth and graceful prose, she immerses the reader in the lives of these fascinating women as they navigate religion, family drama, slave revolts, and the abolitionist movement.
 

Books available at the Help Desk

AGE GROUP: | Seniors (55+) | Adults (18+) |

EVENT TYPE: | Book Club |

Venue details


This event will be held at the mid-section of Milton Community Park (Triangle Park), 1200 Oak St, Milton, WA 98354.

Participants are encouraged to bring their own chairs or blankets to sit on.

Safety Precautions 

In the event of inclement weather (excessive heat, smoke, rain, etc.) the event will be cancelled.

The event will be outdoors. Participants should prepare for being in the sun or the current weather.

Learn more about Milton Community Park here.

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